A Beau For The Patti-eau – Red Daily Slosh

8 May

DomainedechampA friend mentioned to me that he liked the grape, gamay. He wasn’t sure where he’d find it unless it screamed GAMAY on the label, as in New World (Ontario) gamay. I told him about Beaujolais where they use gamay to make ready-to-drink, low tannin, fruity reds with loads of flavour and personality. Then there’s Beaujolais with ‘cru’ status. ‘Cru’ usually means to me old-style Beaujolais with a more expressive flavour – ‘cru’ villages include Fleurie, Moulin-a-Vent, Morgon, Julienas, Chenas, Chiroubles, Regnie, Brouilly, and Cote de Brouilly. One of these villages will be in the name. Perhaps my favourite ‘cru’ (No, not RunDMC) is Moulin-a-Vent because it can age a bit longer, has a bit more spunk than some of the others. Morgon is also good for that IMHO. This week, 2010 Mommessin Domaine de Champ de Cour Moulin-a-Vent #430876 $17.95 arrives. It’s had a couple years in bottle to find itself, understand its mission and is prepared to deliver. It comes complete with cherries, a great hit of acid, and a food-worthiness that tells me that I need an arugula salad with seared tuna (and Madelyn Peyroux playing on the iPod). Wait: I just found out the other day that tuna is frequently unsustainably farmed/caught (not sure what the proper term is) – so substitute prawns. A review from Wine Enthusiast says this wine has a pinot noir-ness but I didn’t get that. I know these wines over time can develop that, so I stand to stand corrected (the reviewer is the professional), let me know if you detect that character. I mentioned the patio last time out in connection with white wines. Well red wine drinkers get to sit on the patio too. This wine might be the choice.

balbasSome time ago, so long ago I’m afraid to admit to it, I mean Sherman would need to set the Wayback Machine – that long ago, I bought a few bottles of my first Ribera del Duero red wine. I was blown away with the complexity, the food-worthiness, and the blast of Spain that came through when I swirled. Well I see that there’s one on shelves in a nicely aged version. Our mothership says that it’s half the US price and I would tend to believe them (this time only). But, this means that it is probably in scarce supply – so if you’re considering, make sure you click on the link to check where they have it and call ahead to stash a couple or make sure you arrive late Friday evening or very early Saturday before the uneducated hoards. The wine – 2001 Balbas Reserva #085183 $20.95. With wine, there are things that you just can’t get under $22. This one is the exception to the rule. You get it all. Perfect for Spanish wine lovers like CM and EL! Tobacco, cedar and loads o’ love. Apologies to my non-Ontario readers – I tried to locate a supplier for this producer in the US but my Google came up empty. Which sounds a bit Austin Powers, doesn’t it?

monasterioAnother Spanish wine that comes at a great price is the 2006 San José de Aguarón Monasterio de Las Viñas Reserva #166579 $14.95. What a neat name for those of us who don’t speak Spanish! Just trying to say it with the proper accent makes me thirsty. I will have to work at it though for my trip to Spain next year – that is the language, not the thirst quenching. This is a wine that’s ready right now, after time in wood and bottle. Smooth, reflecting the garnacha, and bringing lots of spicy characteristics. Buy a case!

CatenacsI know that you always see the Catena name in the Argentina aisle and you say, “Now is that the Catena that I had last time?“ Their labels are all so similar, it seems to me. You don’t see the Catena name, you say? No, you just think you don’t see it. This week, the 2010 Catena Cabernet Sauvignon #985002 $19.95 is back on shelves. These guys make some of the best Argentinean wines on the basis of value and pleasure. I love their Alta brand cabernet sauvignon, particularly. This one isn’t clearly New World to me but not totally Old World either. It’s Old World in the glass but maybe less so in your mouth and at the swallow. It has plenty of structure as in tannins, balanced, medium-bodied and, if you let it sit or decant, you’ll get some cool darker fruits and leathery accents. Drink with the usual cab suspects – burnt meat and/or grilled marinated portobellos (shout out to the vegetarians).

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    […] consideration from an earlier recommendation – Balbas Reserva. Had a bottle the other night with friends and all at the table were gobsmacked. […]

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